October 2017 Meetup!!

Ahoy!

The October 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for October 16th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Machine Learning for Fun: Finding Bigfoot with Nexosis API!

Abstract:
Bigfoot has been a staple of American folklore since the 19th century. The stories originate from Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and likely go back centuries or more. The term sasquatch itself is an Anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets. Many people are convinced that Bigfoot is real. Others suggest that he is a cultural phenomenon. Some just want to believe. There is even a group, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, that tracks Bigfoot sightings. They have data— thousands of reports—available on the Internet. And, where there is data, we can apply the power of machine learning.

Let’s get to the bottom of this mystery! To do it, we are going to use the Nexosis Machine Learning API which makes it easy for developers to focus on their applications instead of the details of data science. With the API, we’ll forecast the predicted number of sightings for the coming months and years. We’ll also measure the impact of key cultural phenomena—primarily the airing of the X-Files—on Bigfoot sightings.

So, come and learn how easy it is to use our API, the types of problems you can solve with it, and how to use it in your application over HTTP or from your favorite programming language. There will even be a live demo.
The truth is out there.

Speaker Bio:
Guy Royse (@guyroyse) works for Nexosis in Columbus, Ohio as a Developer Evangelist. Combining his decades of experience in building software with a history of sharing what he has learned, Guy goes out into developer communities and teaches others how to use the Nexosis API. Guy has programmed in numerous languages over the years—many of them semicolon delimited—including C++, C#, and Java. More recently he has worked with dynamic and more functional languages like JavaScript and Ruby.

Teaching and community have long been a focus for Guy. He is President of the Columbus JavaScript Usergroup and has been part of the session selection committee for CodeMash for the last five years. When given an opportunity, he teaches programming at a prison in central Ohio. In past lives, Guy has worked as a consultant in a broad range of industries including healthcare, retail, and utilities. He spent several years as a consultant for Pillar Technology and several more years working for a major insurance provider. This has given him a broad view of technology application and business problems.

In his personal life, Guy is a hardboiled-geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. He lives in central Ohio with his wife and three sons. In his spare time, he is a leader in his neighborhood Cub Scout Pack and goes camping a lot.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ http://www.meetup.com/windowsdevug/. Come join us!

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